Kinoshitas with GM Yukie at Sakagura

Fukuoka Prefecture may not be the most famous for sake, but it could be the most fun. Fukuoka’s own Kitaya Sake Brewery, recently had a tasting at sake mecca Sakagura Restaurant and proved they know how to have a good time. In addition to some fantastic Kitaya Sake, The company President Mr. Kinoshita was there to introduce his sakes to everyone. Based on what I saw, everyone was into it. Mr. Kinoshita’s enthusiasm to introduce his sake was contagious!

The sake set on this night consisted of three Kitaya Sakes. One of them, not for sale in the U.S. Here is a look at the sakes:

Kitaya Tasting Set:

Three Kitaya Sakes!

The Kansansui Junmai Daiginjo is one of the first premium sakes I ever had back in the day at Sake Bar Decibel. It’s a classic example of a Junmai Daiginjo, it’s delicious, fruity and elegant. The Kitaya Kansansui Kasumizake Junmai Daiginjo Nigori has been imported for a while now, but this is my first chance to try it. Verdict is: Loved it! I loved it so much I ordered a carafe for myself after my tasting set was done. Lastly, I got to try the rare Kitaya Souden Yamahai Junmai, which is not for sake in the States. This sake was hand carried from Japan, just for this night! It’s a rice-y yamahai that is great for pairing with food.

Speaking of food, I had some very, very delicious sashimi and some great tsukune chicken meatballs. Both were excellent and I fell in love with Sakagura yet again. This was a great night that I really enjoyed. If you don’t know Fukuoka sake, it’s time to say hello.


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